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Nightmare: Chapter 14

Published by • Jan 22nd, 2010 • Category: Fiction, Loft Book Club Favorites

by Findabhair Blacksgote, age 14

The next morning, their trip to the academy began. The innkeeper was all too happy to tell them of it’s location, and the five of them were soon on their way. They left Ava at the stables for safety’s sake.

The Academy of Lilika was in the center of Stargate. It was huge, even in comparison to Stargate’s walls. Beautiful statues adorned the walls, ancient trees grew in abundance in the gardens. A fountain greeted visitors by the doorway. The Academy rose twenty floors high, competing with the Stargate walls for first place in height.

Fiala hung back with Evan and Gareth, but Bain and Jan marched straight on in. After a while they came back out and shepherded them inside. More fountains and shiny stone floors decorated the room. The person and the reception desk instructed them to go to floor ten (Why so high? Fiala complained to herself), and someone would inform them further.

After an impossibly long staircase, they came to a hallway labeled Life Studies. Jan resolutely pushed the door open. They waited awkwardly. Eventually Jan swore loudly and banged on the nearest door. A timid looking young lady opened it.

“We’re looking for someone who can tell us about Nightmares,” Jan rumbled. The lady pointed down the hall at a door with Professor Neron written on it, and hurriedly slammed the door again.

They trooped off down the brightly lit hallway, and this time Fiala knocked (much more gently than her father had). An old, bent man ushered them in and immediately set about making a pot of tea. His room was large and cluttered; papers littered the floors, and had taken up residence on all the chairs, the couch, the table and the bookshelves. There was writing scribbled on the wall, and books piled precariously on the window sill. Fiala liked the room right away.

Professor Neron unceremoniously dumped the papers off the chairs and swept the papers on the table to one side.

“So, it’s Nightmares, eh?” he chuckled.

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Editor’s Note: Nightmare was first published at GHC in the former Loft Book Club, and was a finalist in our monthly Judge for Yourself competition in January 2007.